Viewing articles in Portfolio:

Local Government

Filter Articles

Motion: Sydney Harbour terminal development

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:04): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the current member for Warringah stated in 1997, in reference to development on Middle Head in Sydney Harbour, that he had organised a number of protest meetings and campaigned strongly to ensure this piece of heritage was not lost to the people of Sydney and Australia;

Read more

Speech: Greens support road transport infrastructure and safety

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:52): I congratulate Senator Janet Rice on taking over the transport portfolio, and I look forward to working with her in this area. She has set out the Greens' very clear case on the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill. I reiterate the Greens' support for Roads to Recovery and black spot funding to improve safety and access on our roads. Some of my work in the portfolio of local government crosses over into this area.

Read more

Budget cuts to local government of nearly $1 billion over four years

Commenting on the budget freeze to the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants for local government Australian Greens spokesperson for local government Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Treasurer Joe Hockey's $1 billion budget cut to local government is an assault on the important work of councils and shires across the country that are on the frontline of providing essential services and maintaining and building infrastructure.

"This decision pushes the brutal Abbott budget onto local communities and their councils.

Read more

Abbott's Coalition a wolf in sheep's clothing on local govt referendum

While welcoming the final passing of the laws to set up the Referendum for constitutional recognition of local government, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused the Coalition of running a spoiler campaign to undermine the chances of the Referendum passing.

"Last night's split in the Coalition vote shows that Abbott is a wolf in sheep's clothing on the Referendum for constitutional recognition of local government," Senator Rhiannon said.

Read more

Newman U-turn on local government referendum suss

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's quibbling over the wording of the referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution is a setback for the 'Yes' campaign, says Australian Greens local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"While the Coalition has supported legislation behind the referendum there is a growing undercurrent which suggests that key Liberal MPs are working to destabilise the campaign," Senator Rhiannon said.

Read more